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Coastal Studies Lecture Series Explores Cultural Meanings of the Sea

Story posted March 19, 2004

The Coastal Studies Center at Bowdoin College will sponsor a lecture series in April that will look at our perceptions of the sea and the seashore.

"The Sea(side) and Its Genealogies" will feature four talks by scholars exploring the cultural meanings and contexts by which we understand the sea and its shores, a realm usually thought of as "natural."

All talks will be held on the Bowdoin College campus, and are open to the public free of charge.

Lena Lencek, associate professor at Reed College, will inaugurate the series with "The Imaginary Beach: The Shifting Space of Utopia." Her talk will be given at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 1, in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 20. Lencek is the author of several books and anthologies about the seaside, including The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth.

The other three speakers will offer anthropological analyses of various aspects of marine science.

Christine Walley, associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "Rethinking the Global: The Politics of Marine Conservation within Tanzania's Mafia Island Marine Park." Her talk will be given at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 20. Walley has published on the politics surrounding marine protected areas, a topic detailed in her recent book Rough Waters.

James Acheson, professor at the University of Maine-Orono, will discuss "Games, Fights, and the Development of Lobster Conservation Law." His talk will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in Adams Hall, the ES Commons Room. Acheson has written extensively on issues related to lobster fisheries management. His books include The Lobster Gangs of Maine and Capturing the Commons: Devising Institutions to Manage the Maine Lobster Industry.

Stefan Helmreich, associate professor at MIT, will conclude the series with a talk titled "Alien Algae: Colonialism, Culture, and Classification in Hawaii" at 7 p.m., Monday, April 19, in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 20. The author of Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World, Helmreich is currently undertaking a cultural study of the marine biology and marine scientists.

For more information call 725-3628.

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